I enjoy listening to mellow blues on late Sunday nights. Back in college, I used to tune in to the college radio station of Eastern Michigan University – a channel that broadcasted jazz and blues. On Sunday afternoons, they would play straight blues (mostly electric) and starting at 11:00 pm, the DJ’s would selected some very excellent mellow tunes. It was this programme that introduced me to the likes of Hank Crawford and Brother Jack McDuff.
Recently, I found Stanley Turrentine’s Complete Blue Hour Sessions double CD on sale at HMV. This set contains a nice selection of late night mellow blues featuring nice sax and truly wonderful piano work by Gene Harris. Recorded in 1960, the first disc houses the the 5 tracks on the original Blue Hour album, while the second disc contains 8 tracks of previously unreleased material and alternate takes.
Verdict : a very enjoyable selection of mellow blues